Definition of preferment in English:

preferment

noun

mass noun
  • Promotion or appointment to a position or office.

    ‘after ordination, preferment was fast’
    count noun ‘most of her ministers owed their first preferment to her’
    • ‘This is why the insiders' network is so strong - its members look after each other with appointments and preferment.’
    • ‘We cannot function as a country if there is politically and legally sanctioned preferment for one group.’
    • ‘The most credible left wing candidates for succession or preferment would not change much of the last manifesto.’
    • ‘It spread rapidly, to the detriment of Spanish, because it was the new language of government, preferment, and education.’
    • ‘The monarchs and bierarchs of Bacon's day do appear, but chiefly as recipients of the stream of anxious supplications for preferment Bacon submits throughout his ‘troubled life’.’
    • ‘The media love this sort of stuff - and a network of opportunists in the bureaucracy can always be found to present their future masters with the hard evidence in the hopes of future preferment.’
    • ‘The appointment was the officer's last posting, offering no prospect of promotion or preferment thereafter.’
    • ‘In the race for wealth, honours and preferment [a man] may run as hard as he can and strain every nerve and muscle in order to outstrip all of his competitors.’
    • ‘Courtenay's aristocratic connections carried him rapidly up the ladder of preferment.’
    • ‘He secured all kinds of preferment from local cadres, and even several marriage proposals from attractive and ambitious young ladies, before his exposure.’
    • ‘I think they are more in touch with the part of their organisation that will provide them with preferment in their party.’
    • ‘Although he had previously opposed royal policies, he was a believer in firm government and accepted preferment in order to uphold the king's power.’
    • ‘It was at this moment in her day when she received supplicants for preferment in the court, members of the administration or the armed forces over which she wielded great influence.’
    • ‘But you may be on your way to preferment in the new Administration.’
    • ‘By midwinter these intraband tensions were exacerbated as Big Road's own young men reacted suspiciously to their leader's preferment.’
    development, progress, evolution, growth, improvement, advance, furtherance, forwarding, expansion, extension, spread
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Pronunciation

preferment

/prɪˈfəːm(ə)nt/